DALLAS – Cornerback Kelvin Joseph is facing a big second year with the Cowboys. After nursing a groin injury from last year’s final pre-season game, Joseph showed flashes in his 164 defensive snaps as a rookie that he had the talent to viable option opposite Trevon Diggs soon.

Joseph recently dealt with a minor injury according to Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy. However, the 44th overall pick from 2020 is expected to be ready for training camp.

The former Kentucky Wildcat may be facing some disciplinary action soon. Back in March, a man named Cameron Ray and a few of his friends were out at a Dallas nightclub and got into an altercation with another group of men that appeared to include Joseph. Ray was gunned down later that night and killed, and the vehicle where the fatal shots came from included Joseph.

This tragedy led to Joseph being a person of interest in Ray’s death. The investigation is ongoing but as mentioned earlier, Joseph could be punished by the NFL although he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

Last July, Joseph talked about what people could expect from the Cowboys’ secondary, the expectations were rather lofty.

“We’re going to fly around,” Joseph said. “No-fly zone. We’re gonna call it airplane mode.

“When y’all drop this interview, tell them, ‘Cowboys defense,’ Kelvin Joseph says, ‘airplane mode.’ You can’t throw. No-fly zone.”

The aforementioned Diggs and Anthony Brown did their part in making Joseph’s statement true. The former led the NFL with 11 interceptions and was named First-Team All-Pro, while the latter finished fourth in passes defended with 17, and set a career-high with three interceptions.

Joseph has the skills to be a big part of what the Cowboys do defensively. The only thing now is the stay healthy and get his off-the-field issues under control so he can show it.

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